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Fig Mint Salad – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #vegetarian

Monday, July 22, 2013

fig mint salad – to barcelona and back

    serves 2
  • 4 figs
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 small head of butter lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste

Hi y’all! I’ve been away for a while, partly due to a trip in Spain. My boyfriend has been working in Europe for a month, so I enjoyed some sweet vacation in Barcelona with him.

It was my first time in the country, and I loved soaking in all the details. One of my favorite afternoons was spent strolling through the Barri Gòtic together – observing the locals and peeking down side streets.

Spain – Spiced Curiosity

Spain – Spiced Curiosity

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Creamy Spinach Turnip Soup –– Spiced Curiosity

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

vegan creamy turnip & spinach soup – pumped for a csa

serves four

  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 large carrot
  • 11-13 spring turnips
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cup vegetarian broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or non-dairy option.
  • salt & black pepper to taste

I am constantly amazed by this place. This place being the vast stretch of concrete, dirt, and pipeline known as Brooklyn. I explored the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and got lost in the floral oasis. I made new loves at Bushwick Open Studios. Lastly, I joined a sweet CSA, and promptly decided never to eat out again. (Could you blame me?!)

I’ve always respected the act of sourcing from local farms and suppliers, but I never experienced quite as much joy as during my first CSA pick-up. A huge throng of neighbors gathered around boxes of sprightly greens, talking and laughing. Boy were they sprightly. Seeing clusters of spicy stalks and bowls of soft lettuce leaves made my heart skip a beat or two, for real.

Vegan Creamy Turnip & Spinach Soup –– Spiced Curiosity

High off the excitement of carrying pounds of fresh greens, my greens, I half-ran home to crank out dinner. As I spread out the bounty across the butcher block, I hemmed and hawed over the tasty possibilities. So many good choices. Remembering a savory turnip soup recipe, I saved the other plants for later and rinsed off the cream-colored roots.

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Roasted Chickpeas & Garlicky Yogurt Sauce @SpicedCuriosity

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

cumin-roasted chickpeas & garlicky yogurt sauce over kale – a trip to Greece in Queens

    dry-roasted chickpeas – makes 2 cups
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • ground black pepper

garlicky yogurt sauce – makes 2 1/2 cups

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
    For a Whole Meal – serves 2
  • 1 bunch of dark kale – about 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup Roasted Chickpeas (above)
  • 1 cup Garlicky Yogurt Sauce (above)

This weekend we spent a wonderful time in…our own backyard. Early Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I had a hankering for adventure. (Or as adventurous as we old souls get – his family affectionately calls us “abuelito y abuelita.”) So we hiked up the Q train to Astoria, and found ourselves smack-dab in the middle of Greece. Little did we know that this warm neighborhood of Queens is invested with generations of Greek families, shown in part by their wealth of delicious Greek restaurants.

Adventurin' in Queens

sweet old man playing chess

Greece in Astoria

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Vitamin A & Sweet Potatoes with Ají Amarillo

Monday, April 1, 2013

vitamin a & sweet potato fries with ají amarillo

roasted sweet potato fries – serves 3 hungry friends

  • 3 medium or 5 small sweet potatoes – 4 cups chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil – not virgin
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • cracked black pepper

peruvian ají amarillo dippin’ sauce

  • 1/4 cup ají amarillo paste
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lime’s juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt to taste

Happy April 1st! As the last recipe post for National Nutrition Month, sweet potato fries are delicious and easy to prepare. Not only are they simple and tasty, but according to World’s Healthiest Foods, one cup of baked sweet potato holds a ridiculous amount of Vitamin A – 438.2% of your daily value. I mean let’s be serious, I’m adding it to many more dishes now.

I love the dense, slightly sweet texture. The roots feel hearty and also add a spot of bright red-orange to the meal. I try to vary my veggies in size and color, and sweet potatoes make it easy.

Vitamin A & Sweet Potatoes with Ají Amarillo @SpicedCuriosity

Vitamin A & Sweet Potatoes with Ají Amarillo @SpicedCuriosity

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